Così fan tutte: Some Comments on Austria’s Draft Communications Platforms Act

13 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2020 Last revised: 10 Dec 2020

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Gregor Fischer

University of Graz - Faculty of Law

Matthias C. Kettemann

Institute for Theory and Future of Law, University of Innsbruck; Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research; Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Felicitas Rachinger

Hans Bredow Institute

Date Written: November 16, 2020

Abstract

Austria’s Communications Platforms Act (KoPl-G) provides for a multi-stage procedure for content moderation, put-back rights and a stronger cooperation between platforms and supervisory authority. It is in some respects better than Germany’s NetzDG. There remain, however, a number of flaws. In remedying them, Austria could extend its reporting obligations to include "soft" content moderation measures, algorithmic tools, and advertising rules.

Keywords: platform governance, NetzDG, Communications Platforms Act, Austria, transparency

Suggested Citation

Fischer, Gregor and Kettemann, Matthias C. and Rachinger, Felicitas, Così fan tutte: Some Comments on Austria’s Draft Communications Platforms Act (November 16, 2020). Graz Law Working Paper No 05-2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3731593 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3731593

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